copy and paste in SMS (bug?)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MarlboroLite, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    I think I'm not the only one in love with the new copy and paste mechanism in the iPhone...however, has anyone noticed that when you try to C&P in the text messages you can only select the WHOLE message to copy? You can't just select parts of the message--which is usually the point if you want to copy down a phone number or an address in order to paste it into maps. With copying the whole message, you can only paste the entirety of it and then you have to delete the rest.

    Could this be a bug? Otherwise if it isn't, it's truly one of the stupidest things Apple could have done. There is simply no logic behind being forced to only copy full text messages and not parts of it if one wants to.
  2. billyjoegibsonx macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    i didnt notice that. however it can be solved :)

    if you are wanting to save a phone number that someone has put in the text. i believe that phone numbers, emails, and address(not sure bout addresses) are highlighted blue and underlined and have an arrow which u can press to add the data to your contacts :)

    if you would like to select a certain bit of text i think the best thing to do is just use the new forwarding feature (pressing edit then filling the circle beside the text) then copy and paste the part you want. it just involves using the new copy&paste/select all features :) look on the bright side...atleast u can copy & paste now. and wouldnt have to memorize/write down what the person said, and type it out yourself ;)

    i don't find it much of a problem :)
    but if it bugs you (sorry, no pun intended) then all i guess you can do is complain to apple and hope they fix it in an update.

    i already have a few complaints bout 3.0 already >.<
  3. SayCheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2007
    Thame, Oxfordshire, England
    Is there somewhere we can go to post these bugs and let Apple know that there are issues?
  4. MarlboroLite thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    Thanks for the tip with the works then...though still unnecessarily cumbersome.
  5. dtdyer01 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    There is another way round this. Slightly annoying but works, copy the text into "Notes" then copy and select the bit you want of the text.

    Hope this helps
  6. jackapple macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2009
    From the Cut, Copy, & Paste How-To:

    "...In read-only documents, such as webpages, or email or text messages you’ve received, touch and hold to select a word..."

    So they claim it's possible, but it's not. This is really annoying. Here is the link:
  7. sonictonic macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2006
    Central Coast, California
    I haven't verified your claim but yes there is definitely a spot to tell them. :)
  8. The General macrumors 601

    Jul 7, 2006

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